Courses taught over the Internet provide an avenue for students to attain college credit outside the traditional classroom.
A web-based course provides an interactive connection between students and teacher. Students have access to the course through the Internet from a
computer at home or at work -any time, day or night.
Using the Internet, students receive instructional materials and interact with the teacher, who guides them through the course, monitors their
progress and advises them as necessary.
Online courses present effective and flexible educational opportunities for busy students and professionals outside the traditional classroom, and give
students more flexibility in scheduling. Students have access to course materials and the
instructor from remote locations, including their own homes, at times convenient to their individual schedules.
All students are required to maintain a MyLamarPA E-mail account. All students will be assigned an LSC-PA official E-mail address upon acceptance. Most of official communication from LSC-PA is conducted
via E-mail. This includes information such as policy announcements, emergency notices, event notifications, financial aid information, tuition and fees, course availability/cancellation, course syllabi and requirements, and correspondence between faculty and students.
LSC-PA recommends that all students check their E-mail at least once daily.
Interested students must be aware, however, that the flexibility offered by the course shifts a great deal of responsibility to the student. This lack of a rigid class schedule may seem very appealing because it allows students to set their own schedule. It requires much self-discipline, however, and many students discover that they need a more traditionally-structured learning environment.
Before you sign up for an online course, ask yourself if the following apply to you:
- Self-Starter - no one has to tell me when to do my schoolwork
- Motivated - I feel a strong desire to accomplish whatever I put my mind to
- Organized - I'm a planner and can schedule things so most get done
- Goal Oriented - I like to set goals for myself and follow through
- Computer Friendly - I feel very comfortable using a computer and have very few problems
- Assertive - if I need help, I'm not afraid to seek out answers
- Good Writer - I can communicate well in writing
- Good Reader - I can read with understanding and assimilate large amounts of information
- Prepared - I have checked the catalog to make sure I have had the prerequisites for this course
If most of these describe you, then you can probably succeed in, and benefit from, taking an on-line course.
To meet the objectives of these courses, you MUST have the following:
Ready access to a computer
Basic computer skills
Internet access with email
Internet navigation skills
File management skills
Appropriate software for each course
Visit the Online Continuing Education page for more information about online non-Credit Continuing Education courses.
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